A day in the life of...

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

FOR City of Cock­burn ma­rina man­ager Sa­man­tha Stan­dish, be­ing sur­rounded by pic­turesque views and the calm wa­ters at Port Coogee is as good as it gets in any day job.

The South Aus­tralian na­tive, who moved to Perth five years ago, said she found her sea legs in her 20s after work­ing on a ferry out at Kan­ga­roo Is­land, a move that has seen her im­mersed in the ocean ever since.

A self-con­fessed wa­ter baby and lover of the out­doors, Ms Stan­dish now looks after the City’s Port Coogee Ma­rina and after be­ing in­vited for a bird’s eye view, it is easy to see why she is as­sion­ate about her job.

With the Ma­rina Ser­vices Build­ing right on the wa­ter, Ms Stan­dish works with two others and nor­mally starts her day with a bit of ad­min work. From there, a look at what’s hap­pen­ing on the canals is next.

Cruis­ing the canals, she looks for any­thing that’s not quite right, in­clud­ing rub­bish, van­dal­ism, in­jured wildlife or float­ing ob­jects.

On this par­tic­u­lar day the ocean is calm, crys­tal-clear and it’s hard to imag­ine any­thing oth­er­wise, though she shared that dur­ing the win­ter months it could get quite hec­tic at times.

Check­ing out the amaz­ing real es­tate – boats in their pens – Ms Stan­dish makes sure there aren’t stray boats that have made their way into the ma­rina and they’re as they should be.

After the cruise we do a ves­sel check on foot, check­ing boats for haz­ards, open doors, stray ropes, jetty haz­ards and check­ing li­cence plates match with pens.

This ma­rina is not a live-on­board spot, though she tells me 30 per cent of the own­ers live in the Coogee area and a much higher per­cent­age lives in the City.

The Port Coogee Ma­rina holds 10m, 12m, 15m and 20m ves­sels, rang­ing from $5600 to about $12,000 to lease a year.

“It’s a pretty de­cent price given they get di­rect ac­cess to ocean and can be at Gar­den Is­land in about 30 min­utes,” she said.

With about 145 boats cur­rently docked in the 150-pen ma­rina, it’s al­most at ca­pac­ity.

City of Cock­burn ma­rina man­ager Sa­man­tha Stan­dish in­spects the canals.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF.. Over the next four weeks, we will share a be­hind-the-scenes se­ries of the peo­ple who look after your city.

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